The Oud Festival will host the main performance of the Saz Festival with the Diwan Saz ensemble and Turkish saz master and vocalist Dr. Okan Murat Öztürk. The performance is dedicated to the ancient and powerful soul melodies of the Turkish Sufi tradition. Guests will also include kamanja player Mark Eliyahu, vocalist Rabbi David Menachem and percussionist Itamar Doari.
Diwan Saz delves into Turkish, Central Asian and Middle Eastern folk music traditions, combining the spirit of Sufi playing with Jewish piyyut and the impressive Arabic traditions. Öztürk is one of the greatest scholars on the history of Anatolian music, Ottoman music and the maqamat in Turkish music. This collaboration creates an encounter between diverse cultures, religions and languages and a space for complex and refined musical dialog.
Okan Murat Öztürk, saz; Yohai Barak, saz, baglama, musical management; Amir Shahsar, nai, vocals; Udi Ben Canaan, lyra, saz; Tzipora el Re`i, vocals; Eyal Loman, percussion; Rani Lorentz, bass; Gilad Weiss, kopuz, fretless guitar; Special guests: Mark Eliyahu, kamanja, saz; Rabbi David Menachem, vocals; Itamar Doari, percussion
Diwan Saz. photo: Andy Halpern
Rabbi David Menahem. photo: Shmulik Balmas
Itamar Doari. photo: Jorge Gomes
Mark Eliyahu. photo: Gabriel Baharlia